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Getting their kicks: Adelaide’s top kick-in experts

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28: Luke Brown of the Crows kicks the ball during the round six AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Oval on April 28, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28: Luke Brown of the Crows kicks the ball during the round six AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and Gold Coast Suns at Adelaide Oval on April 28, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images/AFL Media)
2018 LEADERS: Luke Brown (100 kick-ins - 39% of team), David Mackay (29 kick-ins - 11.4% of team)

The reliable Luke Brown was the clearly the No.1 option for the Crows in kick-ins, with his 100 ranked sixth in the League despite missing two games. He was a long way ahead of utility David Mackay, who split his time between wing and half-back. Brown's numbers were higher than usual due to defender Brodie Smith missing all but two games of the season with a knee injury. The Crows only played on 20.8 per cent of the time – 13th in the AFL.

WILL IT BE THE SAME IN 2019?  
The change in the play-on rule should benefit the Crows, with the booming kick of Brodie Smith able to get them on the attack in no time. Smith takes the game on and gets the ball moving quickly to the Crows' forwards as they lead up the ground. Brown's pin-point kicking means he will still take some kick-outs and aim to hit short targets, especially Rory Laird, who led the club in kick-in marks last year. - Lee Gaskin